Featuring an out of body sound that mixes her pop-punk background with some pure-country lyrics, the track features tons of stellar energy and a heavenly sense of harmony — but it’s written from a black hole of heartbreak. Written by Pope, Jake Rose and Lindsey Rimes, the hit maker says it comes from night spent deep in thought, imagining her own tiny place in the universe. But this comeback single is no shoe-gazer — she also hopes fans “blast it nice and loud and dance around just like I did when I got the mix back!”
“”I was inspired to write ‘What The Stars See’ after sitting outside one night looking up at the stars, curious what their perspective might be looking down on us,” Pope explains. “It made me think back to times in my life when I had just come out of a relationship but still felt so connected to the other person. I imagined having the superpower to be among the stars and observe, from their perspective, an ex moving on with their life (or not).”
With Fairchild, Ell and Pope trading supernova vocal runs, the heavy hitting track was produced by All-American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler and Fairchild. It seems to mark the start of a new chapter for the singer — one that continues mixing her two biggest influences. Fairchild is helping Pope get the most out of her acclaimed vocal, while Wheeler aims to harness her pop punk edge — since Pope got her start as the lead singer of a rock band called Hey Monday.
Cassadee Pope scored Platinum hits with “Wasting All These Tears” in 2013 and “Think of You” (with Chris Young) in 2016. She released two singles in 2019, both off her second album, Stages, and followed up with 2020 album, Rise and Shine. A music video for “What the Stars See” is expected to arrive May 14.